Postcards from Territories (Karten aus Gebieten)
Our perceptions shape and misshape the places we experience. Despite their presence they remain vague – as vague as we are ourselves.
Ron Winkler delves into a sphere where the communicable and incommunicable are densely interwoven, fed by the many impressions places can give rise to: fleeting and unstable, deeply fascinating, strange and disturbing, often with great power.
If the geography of these poems is unspecific, the world they present is all the more urgent. Via cultural conflicts and colonial romanticism, package holidays and Aleppo, Winkler depicts the brutality of simultaneity and the strange harmonies of the disparate.
We hadn’t made any plans to touch each other
but it happened.
A gleam without light.
As soon as we got there, we boarded
Destinated our very selves.
Also, we had our lifelines
The tone of voice
people use when talking to us is different now.
No longer the one for children.
The sea is like a mountain leveled by sunlight.
Where you can also swim to: geysers.
We feel totally
transformed by outlines.
What also stood out right away:
the TVs shedding
And blackbirds, parceled out like a swarm
(translated by Jake Schneider)
»It’s like he’s hacked the source code to our communications – he’s able to capture atmosphere with pinpoint accuracy.«
Oliver Jungen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»While the world is struggling for clarity and new attributions, Ron Winkler's poetry offers a vague geography, inviting readers explore the heart of language.«
Björn Hayer, Literarische Welt
»Leaves you with a longing to visit the described places – however absurd they (…) may seem.«
»Bursting with unconventional topics, reflections, and associations. (...) Ron Winkler explores various modern lyrical forms and ways of lyrical storytelling at a furious speed.«
Susan Kreller, Freie Presse Chemnitz
»Joyfully playing with imagination and reality.«
Manfred Bosch, ekz